Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Happy birthday, Jack Teagarden
It is the birthday of jazz trombonist Jack Teagarden (1905), who was known as the father of the jazz trombone and the best trombone player in the world. He created an innovative self-taught playing style, expanded the role of the trombone in jazz bands, and injected a blues element to nearly everything he played. He was an accomplished vocalist, composer and bandleader as well. He recorded with such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Eddie Condon, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Jimmy McPartland. He appeared in the movies The Birth of the Blues (1941), The Strip (1951), The Glass Wall (1953), and Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960), a documentary about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. This 1956 TV program Stars of Jazz features Jack Teagarden.